Robin van Persie’s first half hat-trick has won Manchester United their 20th league title, following their 3-0 romping of Aston Villa. Villa, who themselves are engaged in a heated relegation battle, had the worst possible start to the match, with Van Persie giving United the lead with only just over a minute on the clock. Antonio Valenica was released down the right, and the Ecuadorian cut it back to Rafael, who sent a looping cross to the far post. Ryan Giggs volleyed it back across goal to Van Persie, who had the simple task of tapping it into the back of the open net. After going ahead so early, United started to dominate the match, and almost doubled their lead in the ninth minute when Valencia’s cross was headed away to Rafael. Rafael trapped the ball, before hitting a low swerving volley onto the right post from twenty yards out. Amazingly, Villa almost equalized seconds later with Andeas Weimann feeding Christian Benteke in on goal, but the forward could only curl an effort over the bar. Stunningly, only seconds after Benteke’s miss United doubled their lead when Wayne Rooney sent a beautiful long-ball over the Villa defense to Van Persie, who magnificently hit a first-time volley into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Despite Villa having started to come back into the match, Van Persie grabbed his hat-trick in the thirty-second minute, also his twenty-fourth Premier League goal of the season, taking him past Luis Suarez as top scorer. Shinji Kagawa recieved the ball in the middle of the park before sliding a through ball into Giggs’ run down the left. Giggs took the ball into the box, and side-footed it to Van Persie, who cut onto his left foot. A cool swivel of the hips from the Dutchman brought Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan down, and Van Persie curled a shot from six yards out into the top left corner of the net. Continue reading
Liverpool have come back from behind to earn a good 2-1 win over Aston Villa, who now have dropped down into the relegation zone. Liverpool started the match dominantly, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho both starting the match very brightly. Stewart Downing whizzed a shot on goal in the second minute, and Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan easily made the save. Despite Liverpool seeing most of the ball Villa got the first big chance of the match when Joseph Bennet swung in a superb cross from the left and Glen Johnson failed to clear the ball at the front post. The ball fell right in front of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke, but neither of them could tap it in from point-blank range.
Villa got a rare chance in the sixteenth minute, when Matthew Lowton swung a magnificent low cross into the Liverpool box. Agbonlahor lathed on to the cross six yards out from goal, and hit a shot straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina who parried it wide for the Liverpool defense to clear. Liverpool stayed on top though, and Suarez almost found the back of the net with a low shot that Guzan had to get down low to save. In the twenty-fourth minute Suarez got another chance when Coutinho played him in on goal from the left. Suarez should have shot with his left, but let it run across his body to shoot with his right, which gave time for Bennet to disrupt his shot. Continue reading
Liverpool are set to take on Aston Villa at Villa Park, with Liverpool hoping that the international break doesn’t fatigue their squad. The Reds has multiple players out on international duty, including Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, and Daniel Sturridge all away. Villa didn’t have many players away on international duty, but Darren Bent, Nathan Baker, and Karim El Ahmadi all out due to injury. The last time the two clubs met Aston Villa got a memorable 3-1 win, and amazingly Liverpool have only won once in the last four meeting between the two clubs. Luis Suarez is Liverpool’s top scorer, and has already scored thirty-six goals for The Reds so far this season. Whether Suarez adds to his goal tally or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!